Study: Earthquake Activity Has ‘Sharply Increased’ Due To Fracking Injection Wells

Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 11:14 AM EDT) -- RESTON, Va. — The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on April 21 issued a report on seismic hazards that found that earthquake activity has sharply increased since 2009 in the central and eastern United States due to industrial operations that dispose of hydraulic fracturing wastewater by injecting it into deep wells.

(USGS study available. Document #94-150512-011X.)


The report, “Incorporating Induced Seismicity in the 2014 United States National Seismic Hazard Model—Results of 2014 Workshop and Sensitivity Studies,” was produced by a team led by Mark D. Petersen,...
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